Title: Inventory of Writings, Illustrations and Artifacts in Agnes Jeffrey's Sentiment Album
Date range: 1827-1876
Size: 1 Volume
Bound album of 346 pages; paper watermarked: J. Whatman/Turkey Mill/1827
'This sentiment album was kept by Agnes Jeffrey beginning in 1827. Miss Jeffrey was born in Scotland (probably Edinburgh) in 1806 and emigrated to the United States in 1837, settling first in Canandaigua, New York, and then in Rochester. She was an instructor of drawing and painting at the Ontario Female Seminary in Canandaigua for twenty-one years (1838-1859) before removing to Rochester to care for the children of her younger brother, William Jeffrey (1812-1867). Miss Jeffrey remained in Rochester until her death in 1897; she was a resident of the city's Third Ward and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
The album consists of a collection of drawings, paintings, cut paper pieces, poetry and pressed vegetation; the objects contained were made or written by friends and family. They represent the scenery near their homes in Scotland, Canada, and America; memories of journeys to European sites as well as copies of images and literature found in popular journals and books of the time.
Many of Agnes Jeffrey's family members contributed to the album, including all of her sisters, two of her brothers and several nieces and nephews. Their names (Jeffrey, Stewart, Cunningham, Renwick) are given in the inventory below, and their life dates can be found in Genealogy of the Jaffrey-Jeffrey Family by Helen H. McIver (Washington, D.C.: 1925) which is shelved in the Rare Book collection under the call number CS 71 f.J17m 1989.
'The leaves in the album are not numbered; only pages which include entries are listed so that missing numbers only reflect blank, and not missing, pages. All paintings and drawings are indicated by the underlining of their titles as given by the artist, and media and dimensions are given. All other titles for paintings and drawings are descriptions and are indicated by the use of [brackets]. Poetry and other written pieces are indicted by the use of quotation marks. Titles are given as inscribed; all other entries for written pages are first lines copied out. Literary citations are given in brackets where identification could be made. All information in brackets was added in 1989 and does not appear in the book. An asterisk next to a page number indicates that the work is not affixed to or set into a page, but is inserted (free) in front of the page given. 'This inventory was made at Memorial Art Gallery in the spring of 1989 following the exhibition "The Genteel Pastime: 19th-Century Watercolors by the Ladies of the Jeffrey Family". The album was included in that exhibit. Sandra Markham June 1, 1989
title or subject, medium, size, date
Pakenham E[dward] Stewart
[Jeffrey family crest]watercolor, 2-1/2 x 2-1/4 in.
"Agnes Jeffrey 1827"
"Though in these pages I would join the pencil's effort and the poets line..."
Church of Cayuga - Grand River [Ontario, Canada] pencil, 7-1/2 x 9-3/4 in.1841
"Sonnet" August 1827
"A Simile" August 1827
"The Fruitless Wish" 1827
"Humility, the sweetest loveliest flower..."August 10, 1827
[Jasmine and bluebell] watercolor, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
[Ornament, woman with child and umbrella] cut paper on silk, 1-5/8 in. diam.
M.C., after [William] Cowper [(1731-1800)]
"Simplicity of the Gospel" October 16, 1827
May Talbot, from the Gem [The Gem = literary annual, 1829-32] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
"Song" August 1827
Lewis H. Irving
Edinburgh from the Fife Coast [Scotland] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
[Butterfly and purple flower whimsy] watercolor and thread, 8 x 62 in.
"Stanzas" February 8, 1827
J[ane] R[enwick] J[effrey][after Sir Walter Scott(1771-1832)]
"The moon on the east oriel shone...," [from "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" (1805)]
Holyrood Chapel [Edinburgh] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
[after George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)]
"How if that soaring spirit shall retain..." [from "The Age of Bronze(1823)]
J[ane] R[enwick] J[effrey]
The Grave of Napoleon [St. Helena] watercolor, 4-1/8 x 5-7/16 in. ca. 1830
Odalisque crayon, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in May 1, 18--
"A Fragment on the World to Come"
Baldoon Castle [southwest of Wigtown, Scotland] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
"Dreams" August 1827
J. Ross, R.N.
[Shipwreck on rough sea] pencil, 5-5/8 x 6-5/8 in.
J[ane] C[harlotte] R[oss]
"Lines by the Right Honble George Canning on the death of his Eldest Son...August 28, 1828
Spanish Horse and Groom pencil, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
[Red flowers] watercolor, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
A.M. [after Salvator Rosa (1615-1673)]
From an Etching by Salvator Rosa, ink wash, 7-3/8 x 5-1/2 in.1833
"On Greece" August 1827
Butterfly watercolor, 4-7/8 x 6-1/8 in.
"The Better Land" 1827
St. John's Church and Hall Greig, Canandaigua [New York] watercolor, 2-1/4 x 3 in June 1839
[after Torquato] Tasso (1544-1595)]
[Rose] watercolor, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
"The Libyan fair her maids with gems adorn..."
Peasant Girl, pencil, 6-5/8 x 5-5/8 in.
"Grecian Nymphs playing their National Melodies"
"The Place of Rest" August 9, 1827
"The Grave of the Slain Crusader" August 1827
[Robert William Cunningham (1833-1841) with his dog] watercolor and pencil, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
"Sunset" August 1827
J.G.S.L. [after] J. Crawford
[Boats along shoreline] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.1827
[Flowering bulb: snow drop] watercolor, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
[after Thomas] Moore [(1779-1852)]
"How calm how beautiful..."[from "The Golden Hour" of Lalla Rookh" (1817)]
[Boats along shoreline] pencil, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
"When the fight of grace is fought..."
Entrance to Stirling Castle [Scotland] pencil, 2-3/8,x 4-1/8 in.
Eddystone Lighthouse [English Channel] gouache, 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 in.
"Araby's Daughter" [score] August 1827
C[ecilia] B[arbara] Craigie
Glammis Castle, pencil, 6 x 7-1/2 in.
J. Ross, R.N.
The James Watt, Steam Packet, propelling against A STORM On the Night of the twenty third of November, 1824engraving, 5-1/8 x 6-1/2 in.
Eliza Murray Threipland
[Horse] ink, 6-7/8 x 6-1/2 in.
"The Fruitless Wish" August 11, 1827
Jane Renwick Jeffrey
Wigtown from Baldoon [Scotland] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
J[ane] R[enwick] Jeffrey
Lake of Canandaigua [New York] pencil, 5-1/4 x 6-5/8 in. inscr. on verso: To Elizabeth from her affectionate/sister Jane/view from the drawing room/Bellevue
[after George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)]
"The sun hath sunk, and darker than the night..." [from "The Corsair"(1813)]
Elizabeth J. Craigie
Medora [character in "The Corsair"] pencil and watercolor, 5-3/8 x 4-1/2 in.
Kinfauns Castle [southeast of Perth, Scotland] pencil, 5-3/4 x 7-1/2 in.
Peckforton Castle – Cheshire [England] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
Butterfly watercolor and ink, 5-3/8 x 6-1/2 in.
"The Lord's Prayer" January 1838
[Head of a horse] pencil, 6-3/4 x 8-1/4 in.
[Portrait of a young woman] crayon, 7-1/8 x 5-1/2 in.
"Alrashid Hussein" July 18, 1829
[Moth and lilies] watercolor on leaf, 6 x 4-1/8 in.
"Lines suggested by having music first played after a period of affliction... "1826
[Purple flower] watercolor, 5-1/2 x 7 in.
Sibyl's Temple, Tivoli [Italy] pencil, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
A Maltese Beggar pencil, 6-3/4 x 5-1/8 in.1837
[Portrait of a young girl] ink wash, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
J[ohn] A[lexander] Stewart
"Tell me, when every thing you do goes right..."August 1859
B.A. [after] Mrs. [Alfred] Hemans [Felecia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835)]
"The Graves of a Household" December 27, 1828
Eliza Murray Threipland
Fingask Castle [north west of Perth, Scotland] pencil, 5-3/4 x 7-1/2 in.
Fumitory from What was the Grave of Napoleon [pressed vegetation from St. Helena]
[Heather] watercolor, 6-1/2 x 8-1/8 in.
[Bridge in landscape] pencil, 5 x 6-1/2 in.
"Lines spoken extempore by an improvisateur and translated from the Italian by an English gentleman present at the time"
"On the Death of Mr. Canning" [Prime Minister George Canning (1770-1827)]
Jane R[enwick] Jeffrey
The Bridge of Penkyle, pencil, 3 x 4-1/2 in.
[Woman with a baby] pencil and watercolor, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
"What is time, a space by Heaven..."1828
"Thou art gone to the grave!..."
"An Address to Evening"
[Strawberries] watercolor, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
"By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down" - Psalm 137. "We sat us down, by proud Euphrates stream..." February 11, 1828
Charlotte J[ane] Stewart
[Sweetbriar] watercolor, 6 x 7-1/2 in.1846 inscr. on verso: To grandmamma Jeffrey/ from Charlotte J. Stewart/April 1846
View of New York Harbor, pencil, 3 x 4-5/8 in. November 1829 inscr. on verso: View of New York
[Butterfly] watercolor, 5-1/4 x 6-3/8 in.
"That is not home, where day by day..."
[Yellow and white flowers] watercolor, 5-1/4 x 6-1/2 in.
Menai Bridge [Bangor, Wales] pencil, 4-1/8 x 5-7/8 in.
All Saints Church, Derby (England) watercolor, 4-7/8 x 6-7/8 in. inscr. on verso: All Saints Church -Derby
[After William Shakespeare (1564-1616)]
"She never told her love..."[from "Twelfth Night")
Mary H[igham] Jeffrey
[Butterfly and blue flowers] watercolor, 5 x 6-1/4 in.1865
"Lines written at Stewart's house at the Trossachs in 1827" [northwest of Stirling, Scotland]
Mr. A.P. Prevost
[Wreath] cut paper, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.
J[ane) R[enwick] J[effrey)
"The Last Day"
I[sabella) Greig [Mrs. John Greig, Canandaigua]
The Rose of Castle Howard, pencil, 9-3/4 c 7-5/8 in.
Clarice G[reig] Jeffrey
[Bird’s-eye speedwell] watercolor, 6 x 7-5/8 in.1865
"Says faith look up and see my crown..."
[Man in medieval dress] ink wash, 6-7/8 x 5-3/4 in.1833 inscr. on verso: Jean Clopinch
[St. John’s wort with fruit] watercolor, 6-1/2 x 6 in.
J[ane] R[enwick] Jeffrey
[Sailboats in river] pencil, 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 in.
"On the Death of "
[Lily of the valley wreath] cut paper, 3-1/4 in. diam.
A[gnes] J[effrey after Sir Edwin] Landseer [(1802-1873)]
Lord Cosmo Russell, ink, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.1838
E[lizabeth Jeffrey]Cunningham/Stranraer [Scotland]
[Mixed flowers] watercolor, 4-1/4 x 6 in inscr. on verso: Aunt Cunningham
J[ane] C[harlotte] Ross
Dundee from the East (missing from album, was approximately 3-1/2 x 5in. judging from mounting)
"Union of Christians" August 21, 1827
M. Dindorn [?]
St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall [England] pencil, 7-5/8 x 9-3/4 in.
"Epitaph on a poor but virtuous man"
A[gnes] J[effrey] after [Sawrey] Gilpin [(1733-1807)]
Death of the Fox, ink, 9-3/4 x 7-5/8 in.1838
Michael S.S. Johnstone
"The Dream of a Jew" April 27, 1830
John Geo[rge] Cunningham/N.W. Castle, Stranraer[Scotland]
"Lovest Thou Me? John 21" December 19, 1859
Grace W. Bell
Bridge St. Maurice, pencil, 6-3/8 x 8-1/4 in.
"A Thou whose mercy guides my way..."July 22, 1837
From the Window of Aunt Stewart's Drawing Room watercolor, 6-7/8 x 4-3/4 in.1876 inscr. on verso: from the window of Aunt Stewart's drawing room, 1876
Old Potatoe House (2 drawings) pencil, 2-7/8 x 3-7/8 in. each
Catherine Murray Threipland
[Butterfly] watercolor and ink, 5-7/8 x 7-7/8 in.
Kathleen Stewart/Balsarroch [Scotland]
[Columbine] watercolor, 5 x 5-3/4 in June 3, 1859
Francis D.G. Traver/Canandaigua [New York]
"Like to the falling of a star..."September 29, 1840
[Jane Renwick Jeffrey]
Monument to Sir John Brock/Upper Canada [Sir Isaac Brock (1769-1812), Fort George, Ontario, Canada] pencil, 7 x 5-1/2 in.
J[ane Renwick Jeffrey]
View on the Clyde [Scotland] ink wash, 5-3/8 x 7-1/4 in.
[Bouquet of flowers] cut paper, 2-1/2 x 3 in.
H[enry] W[illiam] Stewart
Grand River at Galt C.W. Looking Up the River From the Bridge [Galt, County Waterloo, Ontario, Canada] pencil, 5-7/8 x 8-5/8 in August 14, 1855
Kinnaird Castle, Carse of Gowrie [east of Perth, Scotland] etching, 3-5/16 x 4-15/16 in.
[Pressed flowers] 4-1/2 x 3 in.
A.P. [Prevost]/Splendia off S. Hook [after Bernard Barton,(1784-1849)]
"From the Forget-Me-Not, by Bernard Barton" July 22, 1837
[Stewart family crest] watercolor, 3 x 3-3/4 in.
W[illiam] Mc[Connell]Stewart Guelph [Ontario, Canada]
[Knight on horseback] ink, 4-5/8 x 6-1/8 in October 1859
[Elizabeth McConnell Jeffrey]
Doune Castle [north of Scotland] Stirling, pencil, 4-3/4 x 5-13/16 in.1832 inscr. on verso: Doune Castle sketched from Nature by/Mother in 1832
[Clarice Greig Jeffrey] photograph 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 in. (oval)
From the Field of Waterloo [Belgium][pressed flowers] 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 in.1858
Leaves rolled at Balsarroch by John Jeffrey [Scotland] [pressed leaves] 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 in July 1871
"Tis sweet to leave life's busy scene..."August 21, 1827
Court House, Canandaigua [New York] photograph, 6 x 7-3/4 in.1859
G.M. Mather/72 Prince St./Edinburgh [Scotland]
Cecilia Barbara Craitie/Glendoick [east of Perth, Scotland] silhouette, 3-7/8 x 3 in.1831
I[sabella] J[effrey][after George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)]
"Lines by Lord Byron" "When coldness wraps this suffering day..."August 31, 18--
"Address to Old Age" July 16th, 1833
Pulled at the Grave of Major General Frederick William Augustus Baron de Steuben born in Prussia 1730 died 1794 [vegetation missing]
[Two dogs and a deer ] pencil, 3-7/8 x 7-3/8 in.